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Dr. Keith Gåddie

University of Georgia
Ph.D. in Political Science

University of Georgia
M.A. in Political Science

Florida State University
Bachelor of Science in Political Science and History



Keith Gåddie is President’s Associates Presidential Professor and Executive Faculty Fellow of the University, and Senior Fellow of Headington College. Together with Kim Gaddie and Kirby Goidel of Texas A&M, he edits Social Science Quarterly. Keith is on the architecture faculty in the Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture and the journalism faculty of the Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication.

Keith studies the built environment and democratic values, and has special interest in the American South. He and his research partner Jocelyn Evans most recently published The U.S. Supreme Court’s Democratic Spaces, which explores the evolution of the Supreme Court’s physical spaces, its institutional evolution, and its changing culture as a political and social organization. Their current project applies spatial methodologies to bridge democratic theory and the symbolic and functional design of southern Antebellum, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow-era public architecture and space.

Keith is noted as an expert on the American South, voting rights, and redistricting, and has authored or coauthored several books and journal articles, including the books Regulating Wetlands Protection (2000), Triumph of Voting Rights In the South (2009), Rise and Fall of the Voting Rights Act (2016), and The Three Governors Controversy: Skullduggery, Machinations, and the Decline of Georgia’s Progressive Politics (2015).

He was previously professor and chair of political science at OU. He has served on the environmental health science faculty of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (1992-1996). Keith has a visiting faculty relationship with Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, teaching ‘Architecture of Democracy.’

Professional Credentials

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (2018)

Tulane University School of Public Health, Freeport-McMoRan Environmental Science Postdoctoral Fellowship (1992-1994)

Qualified Expert Witness, for the 2d, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th Federal Circuit Courts

Amici accepted by the U.S. Supreme Court, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019

American Institute of Architects Associate

Selected Publications

Nicholas T. Davis, Kirby Goidel, & Keith Gåddie (under contract). How Americans Think About Democracy. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Jocelyn J. Evans & Keith Gåddie (2021). The U.S. Supreme Court’s Democratic Spaces.  Norman, OK: The University of Oklahoma Press.

Jocelyn Evans and Keith Gåddie (2021). The Systemic Affect of Culture, Power, and Terror in the Southern Public Space.  Social Science Quarterly 102.  

Keith Gåddie and Jocelyn Evans (2021). A Systems Approach to Understanding Community Power in the Debate Over Confederate Monuments Using Georgia as a Case Study.  Social Science Quarterly 102.  

Keith Gåddie (2021). Is the Redistricting Problem Math, Systems, or People? In Moon Duchin and Ari Nieh, eds., Political Geometry, Heidelberg (DE): Birkhauser.

Jocelyn Evans and Keith Gåddie (2020). The Affect of Memorializing the Loss, the Affect of Losing the Memorial: Confederate War Monuments in New Orleans. In Angela Person and Jacque Micieli-Voutsinas, eds. Affective Architectures, London: Taylor & Francis.

Kirby Goidel, Keith Gåddie, and Spencer Goidel (2019). Rigged Election Rhetoric: Coverage and Consequences. PS: Political Science & Politics 52 (21): 229-238.

Kirby Goidel, Keith Gåddie, and Marco Ehrl (2017). Watching the News and Support for Democracy: Why Media Systems Matters. Social Science Quarterly: Special Issue on Comparative Political Communication 98 (3): 836-855.


President’s Associates Presidential Professor (2015)

The University of Oklahoma Libraries ‘Library Partner Award’ for outstanding support and encouragement for the University Libraries mission and strategic initiatives (2017).

V. O. Key Jr. Book Award for the outstanding book on Southern Politics (2018) for The Rise and Fall of the Voting Rights Act

The Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council Award for “Research Using the Holdings of an Archives” for The Three Governors Controversy (2015).

V. O. Key Jr. Award for the outstanding book on Southern Politics for The Triumph of Voting Rights in the South, from the Southern Political Science Association (2011)

Julian J. Rothbaum Award for the outstanding book published by the University of Oklahoma Press, for The Triumph of Voting Rights in the South (2009)

Jewell Limar Prestage Award for the best paper on the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, and political behavior, Southwestern Political Science Association (2003, 2021)

Featured Contracts, Grants, and Sponsored Research

Social Science Quarterly editorial contract ($950,000 total between 2010-2020, $97,000 for FY 2021, with Kirby Goidel of Texas A&M University)

OU Presidential Dream Course, “Explaining Modern America: Discovering the Great Depression & the New Deal,” ($25,000 course development award, 2015, with David Wrobel)

Co-Principal Investigator, U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Intelligence Agency, Grant # HHM402-14-1-0007, 2014-2019 ($1,808,903 with James L. Regens)

Daily Oklahoman Poll, Co-Principal Investigator with Gary W. Copeland ($82,000/year 1999-2001)